Karl Seglem

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A NATIONAL MUSIC TREASURE Karl Seglem is a multi-faceted artist. He is a musical pioneer with a solid foundation in Norwegian tradition, but with a strong urge to experience the music of other cultures and a sense of inquisitiveness that is always intriguing and constantly surprising. He is especially well known for his wide selection of goat horns. Seglem is a true original, an innovative composer and performer who has created his own distinctive idiom. He is unique, and nearly always garners rave reviews. All the same, many people believe that his work appeals to too narrow an audience. That’s how wrong people can be. Most of it is very melodious, making the music easily accessible. On the contrary, he should be welcomed as a national music treasure. Anniversary celebration His unique voice gives us a long-desired refuge for meditation, pleasure and delight. At the same time his world of sound is both genre-defying and full of challenging contrasts, rhythmic drive and strange sounds that inspire the listener’s imagination. He is currently celebrating 30 years as a musician, composer and poet with the boxed set JazzBukkBox. The set provides a fantastic insight into his musical universe through three very different and generously combined albums: Lærad The Tree, Live in Germany and WorldJazz. Let us just say this: Seglem takes you to a place where imagination has a free rein, a place that you didn’t believe could be found, that you didn’t know existed. New and vibrant Karl Seglem is constantly on the move, and Lærad The Tree is the next distinctive stop along the way. At the point where jazz, electronica and world music intersect he has created, together with a dream team of helpers, yet another bewitching and dreamlike piece of music. In what might be a somewhat far-fetched comparison, it is as though you have moved a pulsating metropolis up onto a mountaintop, and have let its multitude of noises breathe fresh air, calm down and feel the mystery of the mountain. The goat horn somehow becomes the link. There is something both splendid and simple in this combination of sounds. There is an amazing scope in his expressiveness, with a tone that is both very internationally oriented and at the same time primordially Norwegian. Melodies such as “Mekeleg mengd aske”, “Veven” and “Gå rundt Eldrimne” are like small dream frequencies that never really leave you. This man’s musical imagination just keeps getting better and better. A gem of a concert One thing is Karl Seglem in the studio, but another is his encounter with an audience. Live in Germany, with Karl Seglem’s Acoustic Quartet, presents musicians who are really listening, with a harmonic balance in which the fragile power of the music, lovely notes and distinctive tonal language appeal as much to the heart as to the intellect. This is instrumental music that is clothed in effective, silent words. The richness of the sound images speaks its clear and unmistakable Seglemian language. The hall and the stage are as one, and you are, quite simply, profoundly affected. Brief summary The last album in the box is WorldJazz, which consists of melodies from the albums Femstein, Urbs, Ossicles and Som spor. Together they provide some insight into what it is that constitutes Seglem’s world, and thus perhaps answer the question of why reviewers respond to him with such enthusiasm. He is a master at finding the right musicians, delivering an improvisation, creating tension, combining a variety of musical idioms, and discovering the common connections in music. Pleasure in every tone. SVEIN ANDERSEN, AFTENPOSTEN (Daily Norwegian Newspaper) 9. October 2015. http://www.aftenposten.no/kultur/anmeldelser/Karl-Seglem-En-musikalsk-nasjonalskatt-8195390.html